Control Means Responsive To Product Weight Or Dimension Patents (Class 425/140)
  • Patent number: 10654260
    Abstract: A stereo lithography apparatus includes a base, a lifting rail, a slider, a forming pedestal, a nut assembly and a screw rod. The lifting rail is arranged upright on the base. The slider is arranged on the lifting rail and allowed to move along the lifting rail. A position hole and at least an adjusting groove are defined on the forming pedestal. The nut assembly is connected with the slider by multiple screw bolts, one of the screw bolts is inserted through the position hole and connected with the slider, each of the other screw bolts is inserted through corresponding adjusting groove and connected with the slider. The screw rod is arranged upright on the base and engaged with the nut assembly. Thereby, the nut assembly would not be rotated to stick the screw rod while the forming pedestal is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chen-Fu Huang, An-Hsiu Lee, Hao-Jen Huang, Tsai-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 9039948
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing and treating plastic pellets. According to said method, a melt of the plastic material is granulated to give pellets, the pellets are cooled in a cooling fluid, the pellets are separated from the cooling fluid and the pellets are crystallized. The device according to the invention is characterized by comprising a control unit which monitors the crystallization step and controls the method in such a manner that, in case of a disturbance of crystallization, the pellets are supplied to an intermediate storage alter separation of the pellets from the cooling fluid and, as soon as the disturbance is removed, the pellets temporarily stored in the intermediate storage are supplied to crystallization and are crystallized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: Rieter Automatik GMBH, Buhler Thermal Processes AG
    Inventors: Frank Glöckner, Fernando Eusebio, Brent Allen Culbert, Franziska Morganti
  • Publication number: 20150108672
    Abstract: A device and a method for adjusting post-spacer height in production of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and the device comprises a controller (11) and an extrusion panel (12), the controller (1) is configured to control the extrusion panel (12) to perform plastic deformation treatment; and the extrusion panel (12) is configured to perform plastic deformation treatment on post spacers on a substrate, of which a height is more than a predetermined height value, under the control of the controller (11) after a rubbing process and before a cell assembly process, so that the standard deviation of the post-spacer height on the substrate can fall in a range of the predetermined standard deviation required to be achieved by products. The device and the method can effectively improve the uniformity of the post-spacer height on the substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Chengtan Zhao, Tae Yup Min, Xu Chen, Hui Li, Weixin Meng, Lang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150110930
    Abstract: To provide a food dough spreading method for gradually spreading food dough to make it thinner by supplying the food dough between a plurality of spreading rollers in a spreading unit in which the spreading rollers are arranged in a V-shape. By adjusting a distance between a pair of vibration applying members provided between the spreading rollers arranged in a V-shape, a width dimension of the food dough flowing out from the spreading unit (25) is adjusted, and the vibration applying members are reciprocatively vibrated in a longitudinal direction of the spreading rollers at a position where the width dimension is adjusted. The reciprocative vibration of the pair of vibration applying members is vibration in a direction of approaching and separating from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.,
    Inventors: Michio Morikawa, Koichi Hirabayashi, Susumu Kominato, Masashi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8998600
    Abstract: Improved apparatus for in-situ forming of polymeric materials. During formation, the polymeric materials can be applied to horizontal or inclined surfaces such as roofs. The improved apparatus is automatically controlled and laser guided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jimmy D. Lee
  • Patent number: 8992201
    Abstract: A cooling equipment to be used to cool a stator after molding includes first to third cooling stations, and a detecting station provided in front of the first cooling station. Each of the cooling stations includes a plurality of nozzles that spray dry mist to the stator, a plurality of fans that blow air to the stator, a temperature sensor that detects the temperature of the stator, and first to third control units. Furthermore, the detecting station includes a distance sensor that detects the size of the stator, and an integration control unit. The integration control unit identifies the type of the stator based on the detected size, and informs each control unit of the results. Each control unit controls the quantity of water to be supplied to each nozzle and the quantity of air to be blown by each fan based on the identified type and the detected temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Saigo, Kenji Harada, Masaru Hirako, Hideaki Yasuda
  • Publication number: 20150088292
    Abstract: Acquiring expected precision even in a case that partial shrinkage occurs. The present invention is a technique for providing data for minimizing a difference between dimensions of a three-dimensional structure formed by laser radiation and design values of a scan path of the three-dimensional structure, in which the technique includes: modeling a manufacturing process of the three-dimensional structure and formulating a shrinkage of material used in the manufacturing process; and performing an optimization calculation for minimizing the difference between the dimensions of the three-dimensional structure after the shrinkage of the material and the design values by using the formulated shrinkage model to compute the scan length x minimizing the difference, and in which the formulation includes formulating a shrinkage function in the case where the material shrinks according to the scan length xi of the scan path of the laser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Tadanobu Inoue, Yasunao Katayama, Masaharu Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20150064315
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for weighing dough, comprising an endless conveyor, for conveying a plurality of endless or continuous dough pieces extending essentially in parallel lanes on said conveyor in a direction of conveyance, a weighing-unit, arranged under the endless conveyor, characterised in that the weighing unit comprises multiple weighing rows, spread over the width of the conveyor, each row comprising at least one rectangular weighing section, for independently of the other weighing sections weighing a different dough piece of said plurality of endless or continuous dough pieces. The invention further relates to a method for operating such device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Johannes Josephus Antonius van Blokland
  • Publication number: 20150064779
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for the production of a tube having, in sections, a non-circular profile by deforming, comprising: a) providing a tube, which has a circular initial profile; b) conveying the tube in a hot, malleable state through a nip, which is formed by squeezing rollers and has a first nip width, which is larger than or equal to an outer dimension of the initial profile; c) adjusting the squeezing rollers for setting a second nip width, which is smaller than the outer dimension of the initial profile, and deforming the initial profile in said hot, malleable state for obtaining said non-circular cross section; and d) adjusting the squeezing rollers for setting a third nip width, which is larger than or equal to the outer dimension of the initial profile, and severing said tube in a region having a circular cross section; so that respective end portions of said tube have a circular cross section According to the invention, the tubes can be connected reliably with connecting-members or other tube
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Nikolaus Schultz, Nikolaos Katsikis, Volker Trinks, Reinhard Maennl
  • Publication number: 20150048542
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a calibration device for use in a process of making a tubular article comprising a housing and a calibration sleeve providing a vertical pass-way for an extruded tubular extrudate, the housing comprising a bore, an upper opening with an upper seal and a lower opening with a lower seal; a vacuum channel connecting the bore to a vacuum source; a liquid channel for receiving a flow of liquid and connecting to a reservoir on top of the housing; and an adjustment device for controlling the liquid level in the reservoir; and the calibration sleeve comprising a body with multiple apertures and an inlet flange; the calibration sleeve removably positioned in the bore and contacting the housing via the upper and lower seals. This calibration device enables making a tubular article in a very flexible way, specifically on small scale in the laboratory; and can be operated in free or contact calibration mode, both with either dry or wet operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Heinz GROSS, Matheus Pieter QUAEDFLIEG, Leonardus Wilhelmus Guillaume RIJKS
  • Publication number: 20150028508
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an obliquely stretched long film includes an oblique stretching step and a tension application step. In the oblique stretching step, a long film is stretched in an oblique direction with respect to a width direction into a stretched film (F). In the tension application step, while the stretched film (F) is being drawn along a longitudinal direction, a tension in a drawing direction is applied to the stretched film (F). Here, in the tension application step, the tension in the drawing direction of the stretched film (F) is changed in the width direction, and thus the stretched film (F) is drawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji Inagaki, Daisuke Hojo, Shimpei Hatakeyama, Daisuke Ueno, Hiroshi Nanbu
  • Patent number: 8939748
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for cutting a strand to a length with regard to a weight and to the use of such device in a method for producing a medicament dosage form of at least one piece composed of at least one medicament and at least one additive, the medicament and the additive being mixed and extruded from a die as a strand and the strand being cut into pieces of precise weight using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Grünenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Elisabeth Arkenau-Maric, Johannes Bartholomäus, Dieter Schateikis, Kai-Uwe Ustorf
  • Publication number: 20150024233
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to fabricate additive manufactured parts with in-process monitoring are described. As parts are formed layer-by-layer, a 3D measurement of each layer or layer group may be acquired. The acquisition of dimensional data may be performed at least partially in parallel with the formation of layers. The dimensional data may be accumulated until the part is fully formed, resulting in a part that was completely inspected as it was built. The as-built measurement data may be compared to the input geometrical description of the desired part shape. Where the part fails to meet tolerance, it may be amended during the build process or rejected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steven Matthew GUNTHER
  • Publication number: 20150004046
    Abstract: A system for fabricating a component includes an additive manufacturing device and a computing device. The additive manufacturing device is configured to fabricate a first component by sequentially forming a plurality of superposed layers based upon a nominal digital representation of a second component, which includes a plurality of nominal digital two-dimensional cross-sections, each corresponding to a layer of the first component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Evans Graham, William Thomas Carter, Mark Allen Cheverton, Pinghai Yang
  • Publication number: 20140348692
    Abstract: An apparatus and a process for manufacturing a three-dimensional object by successive layer-by-layer consolidation of selected zones of a powder stratum, the consolidated zones corresponding to successive sections of the three-dimensional object, each layer being divided into a central internal portion and an external border , said process comprising the following steps in order: a—depositing a powder layer on a holder; b—fusing the external border of said powder layer by means of a laser beam originating from a first energy source by moving the laser beam of said first energy source relative to the object along a preset path that follows the contour of said external border corresponding to the contour of the cross section of the object so as to selectively fuse said layer; and c—fusing the central internal portion of the powder layer by means of an electron beam originating from a second energy source, by moving the electron beam of said second energy source relative to the object so as to sweep it over s
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicants: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ESTABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN, MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Bessac, Frédéric Pialot, Gilles Walrand
  • Patent number: 8870560
    Abstract: A NdFeB sintered magnet production system including: a first weight unit for measuring the mold weight when the alloy powder is not yet filled; a guide attachment unit to extend the mold cavity with a guide to form a supply cavity with a predetermined volume; a powder supply unit for supplying the alloy powder into the supply cavity so that the alloy powder volume is equal to the supply cavity capacity; a filling unit for pressing the alloy powder contained in the supply cavity into the mold cavity to densify the alloy powder to the filling density; a second weight unit for measuring the mold weight after being filled with the alloy powder; and a controlling unit for computing the alloy powder weight filled into the mold cavity based on the difference between the measurement value from each of the first weight unit and the second weight unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Intermetallics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8808590
    Abstract: Pelletizing device and method for pelletizing pelletizing materials having a pelletizing disk inclined to the horizontal and provided rotatable wherein the pelletizing disk is driven via a motor device. The pelletizing disk comprises a bottom and a side wall, the effective height of the side wall being variable. The side wall comprises an inner side wall device and an outer side wall device, the inner side wall device being disposed height-adjustable relative to the outer side wall device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Haver Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Lampke, Steffen Silge, Gunther Schurig, Vincent Delatour, Sandra Weyrauch
  • Patent number: 8753103
    Abstract: A dry-cast concrete block molding machine including an apparatus which successively positions block mold trays into the mold box of the molding machine with the apparatus pushing a molded block from the mold box as an empty mold tray is moved into the mold box. The machine also includes a magazine-like structure which has empty tray molds stacked therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan W. Collison, Beau R. Collison
  • Publication number: 20140099394
    Abstract: It is intended to correct print pitches P at which a pattern A is printed on a plastic film 1 repeatedly. A first optical sensor detects positions at which the pattern A is printed on the plastic film 1 repeatedly, to measure the print pitches P individually. A first stretching device 4 stretches the plastic film 1 after measuring the print pitch P to correct the print pitches P individually. A second optical sensor detects the positions after correcting the print pitch P to measure a sum of print pitches P(1)+P(2)+ - - - +P(N) of a number of patterns A. A second stretching device 10 stretches the plastic film 1 after measuring the sum of print pitches to correct the sum of print pitches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: TOTANI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mikio TOTANI
  • Patent number: 8691123
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fine processing method includes determining a resist amount required for each first region of a pattern formation surface and a total amount of resist. The method include dividing the total amount of resist by a volume of one resist drop to determine the resist drops total number. The method include determining a provisional position for the resist drop of the total number. The method include assigning the each first region to nearest one resist drop, and partitioning again the pattern formation surface into second regions assigned to the each resist drop. The method include determining a divided value by dividing the volume of the one resist drop by the required total amount of resist determined. The method include finalizing a final position of the each resist drop, if a distribution of the divided value in the pattern formation surface falls within a target range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasutada Nakagawa, Takuya Kono, Ikuo Yoneda, Masayuki Hatano
  • Patent number: 8591216
    Abstract: A dry-cast concrete block molding machine for molding concrete blocks. The machine includes a weigh hopper system which senses when the proper amount of concrete, as determined by the weight thereof, has been placed in the weigh hopper to dump the weigh hopper. The machine also includes end plates in the mold box thereof which may be interchanged so that the configuration of the concrete block may be easily changed. The machine also includes a conveyor system which not only conveys mold trays into the mold box of the machine but which also is used to push the molded block outwardly from the compaction chamber of the mold box when the block has been molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Ryan W. Collison, Beau R. Collison
  • Publication number: 20130251835
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for blow molding a fuel tank with multiple concentric needles to form an opening in the fuel tank, and/or for calibrating the opening in the fuel tank as it cools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: TI Group Automotive Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Carl-Hugo M. Mellander
  • Patent number: 8525050
    Abstract: The invention is related to a method for testing multilayer tablets in a multiple rotary press, in which die holes of a circulating die plate are successively filled with tablet material of different layers in consecutive filling devices, and the tablet material is compressed layer after layer to pressed articles having n layers by means of synchronously circulating compression punches in compression stations respectively associated to the filling devices, and the pressed articles are subsequently ejected and unloaded in a unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fette GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Naeve, Stefan Luedemann
  • Publication number: 20130202727
    Abstract: There is provided a measuring apparatus including: an imaging optical system configured to form an image of an object to be measured; and an imaging section including a transmissive member which is arranged in the vicinity of an image plane of the imaging optical system to be inclined with respect an optical axis of the imaging optical system. The imaging optical system includes a first optical member which is non-coaxial with respect to the optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicants: NIKON METROLOGY NV, NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: NIKON CORPORATION, NIKON METROLOGY NV
  • Patent number: 8435023
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing and treating plastic pellets. According to said method, a melt of the plastic material is granulated to give pellets, the pellets are cooled in a cooling fluid, the pellets are separated from the cooling fluid and the pellets are crystallized. The device according to the invention is characterized by comprising a control unit which monitors the crystallization step and controls the method in such a manner that in case of a disturbance of crystallization the pellets are supplied to an intermediate storage after separation of the pellets from the cooling fluid and as soon as the disturbance is removed, the pellets temporarily stored in the intermediate storage are supplied to crystallization and are crystallized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Rieter Automatik GmbH, Buhler AG
    Inventors: Frank Glöckner, Fernando Eusebio, Brent Allen Culbert, Franziska Morganti
  • Patent number: 8398391
    Abstract: A dry-cast concrete block molding machine for molding concrete blocks. The machine includes a weigh hopper system which senses when the proper amount of concrete, as determined by the weight thereof, has been placed in the weigh hopper to dump the weigh hopper. The machine also includes end plates in the mold box thereof which may be interchanged so that the configuration of the concrete block may be easily changed. The machine also includes a conveyor system which not only conveys mold trays into the mold box of the machine but which also is used to push the molded block outwardly from the compaction chamber of the mold box when the block has been molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Ryan W. Collison, Beau R. Collison
  • Publication number: 20130062802
    Abstract: An absorbent manufacturing device forms an absorbent by depositing a liquid absorbent fiber and a super absorbent polymer in a deposition part. The absorbent manufacturing device includes: a plurality of suction holes that are provided in the deposition part, wherein the liquid absorbent fiber and the super absorbent polymer flowing inside a scattering duct are deposited in the deposition part by suction; a suction duct that is provided in communication with the suction holes and draws air so that the suction holes perform suction; and a separator that separates a super absorbent polymer of size equal to or larger than a certain size from a flow of air flowing in the suction duct and returns the separated super absorbent polymer to the scattering duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Hidefumi Goda, Kenji Takeuchi, Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130056903
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process in which an imprint material on a substrate is molded with a mold to form a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus including a controller configured to control the imprint process to form a predetermined layer on the substrate with a target layer, which is formed on the substrate, used as an alignment reference, wherein the controller is configured to select a mold from a plurality of molds prepared for the predetermined layer, such that an overlay error between the target layer and the predetermined layer falls within a tolerance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nozomu HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 8366429
    Abstract: The invention relates mold, particularly a mold for producing foam articles. In a preferred embodiment, the mold comprises a lid and a bowl releasingly engageable to define a mold cavity, the lid comprising: (i) a vent having a passageway for gas to escape from the mold cavity, and (ii) a plurality of grooves connected to the vent. The use of a plurality of grooves/slots in the mold cavity surface effectively acts as a siphon to draw gas away from the composition to be molded. The plurality of grooves/slots is connected to one or more vents which then allows for escape of the gas from the mold cavity to the exterior of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Proprietect LP
    Inventors: Allan K. Cathcart, Leslie E. Clarke, Larry A. Genyn, Louie J. Meneses, Randall J. Lansue
  • Patent number: 8287263
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a machine for producing expanded-grain cakes. The machine includes a frame, a mold unit, a grain supply unit, a grain transfer unit, a mold pressure arm, a drive unit, an open cam, a control unit and a cover unit. A precise charge of cereal grain is metered at the grain supply unit and in synchronism with the mold open cycle, distributed evenly over the mold cavity. Then with the mold unit clamped closed, the charge is heated and, at the end of the baking cycle, a preform is produced with gases at high pressure entrained therewithin. Upon release from the mold, the preform expands to a grain cake of the desired size. The machine controls the thermal energy input, the cycle frequency, the size of the grain charge, and the ejection trajectory. Several interrupts are used to ensure conformance to the control parameters and to enhance operator safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Coco International, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoon Sang Cho
  • Patent number: 8202075
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus for imprinting a pattern formed on a mold in a resin material formed on a substrate with accuracy is constituted by a light source for irradiating the resin material with light for curing the resin material; a measuring device for measuring a physical value which reflects a state of the resin material resulting from the irradiation of light from the light source; and a controller for controlling a spatial positional relationship between the mold and the substrate or an amount of light from the light source on the basis of information obtained from the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuhito Suehira, Junichi Seki, Masao Majima
  • Patent number: 8157556
    Abstract: A system for controlling the dimensions of an extrudate exiting an extruder and for compensating for the variations in the extrusion rate of the extruder, expansion rate and rate of travel of the extrudate through sizing devices by changing the speed of an extrudate puller device, includes an extruder which extrudes the extrudate; a conveyor system comprising rollers and a series of sizing devices; a puller device for pulling the extrudate through the sizing devices; and a laser proximity measuring device to assist the system in keeping the desired shape of the extrudate. The laser proximity measuring device includes at least one pair of optical non-contact displacement transducers, a real time processor, and an interactive touch screen display unit. The transducers emit a laser beam which provides a laser point on the side of the extrudate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Strandex Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Dostal
  • Patent number: 8092731
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a thermoplastic plastic film. According to said method, the thermoplastic plastic is melted and transported in an extrusion installation comprising an extruder, an extrusion nozzle with a wide-slot delivery opening and a chill roll, which is fixed to a roll system and then leaves the delivery opening of the extrusion nozzle in the form of a flat melted web. Said melted web is then applied to the chill roll and is cooled. The invention is characterised in that it uses an extrusion installation, in which the distance between the delivery opening of the extrusion nozzle and the surface of the cooled roll does not vary by more than +/?50 ?m during the operating time. The invention also relates to a film of this type and to uses of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Röhm GmbH
    Inventors: Claude Guenanten, Christoph Steinfels, Herbert Groothues, Christoph Krohmer, Helmut Haering, Detlef Birth, Christopher Neuroth, Michael Meier-Kaiser, Walter Meon
  • Publication number: 20120003366
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and devices for the preparation and delivery of retention and lubricant agents to ingredients to be pelletized through a forming device such as a pellet mill, extruder or otherwise. Through the features of the present invention, a continuous supply of retention and lubricant agent is prepared and delivered to a forming device, which may be automated based upon calculated or measured need of the retention and lubricant agent. In one embodiment, these and other advantageous features are based upon a unique device configured for automated hydration and delivery of alginate to a forming device based upon one or more conditions of the device, forming device or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: American Bio Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Dorendorf, Brian Caldwell, Scott H. Hislop, Bruce Larson
  • Patent number: 8038430
    Abstract: A method of coating metal wire with extrudate using an extrusion system. The method includes the steps of advancing the metal wire through an extrusion die of the extrusion system and extruding molten extrudate over the metal wire as the metal wire is advanced through the extrusion die. Image data is generated, using one or several electronic cameras, concurrently with the advancing, and extruding to provide visual feedback indicative of the concentricity or non-concentricity of extrudate surrounding the metal wire as the metal wire exits the extrusion die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Swanson, Lucien M. Rucker
  • Publication number: 20110233804
    Abstract: A consumable material and sensor assembly for use in an additive manufacturing system, the consumable material comprising an exterior surface having encoded markings that are configured to be read by the sensor assembly, where the consumable material is configured to be consumed in the additive manufacturing system to build at least a portion of a three-dimensional model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: J. Samuel Batchelder, Michael D. Bosveld
  • Publication number: 20110142978
    Abstract: The invention relates to a press device for manufacturing tablets from a mixture of at least one component, comprising: first means (7) for controlling a first punch, the first control means (7) comprising a compaction cam (9) for displacing the first punch (3) into a compaction position, said compaction cam (9) comprising a cam path on which said first punch (3) is capable of being displaced, the cam path comprising a planar portion (90) substantially perpendicular to the axis of the first punch (3), the planar portion (90) extending over an angular section comprised between 5° and 170° for maintaining the first punch (3) in a compaction die (2) at a fixed axial compaction position during a determined compaction maintaining time, second means (7) for controlling a second punch, the second control means (8) also comprising means for maintaining the second punch in said die at a fixed axial compaction position at least during said compaction maintaining time, so as to maintain, during said compaction-mainta
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Max Linossier, Jacques Brosse, Philippe Eichler
  • Publication number: 20110129564
    Abstract: A system for producing pieces of center-filled chewing gum includes an extruder, at least one measuring apparatus, and a control system. The extruder is extruding a gum rope having geometrical characteristics. The at least one measuring apparatus measures data related to at least one of the geometrical characteristics, and the measured data is used by the control system to regulate at least one geometrical characteristic of the gum rope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Gumlink A/S
    Inventors: Per Henrik Ertebjerg Christensen, Erik Hansen, Nicolai Kanved
  • Patent number: 7922470
    Abstract: A system and controller for positioning an adjustable sizing cage for use with a blown film extrusion apparatus. A cage sizing subsystem is used to position the cage relative to the film tube. At least two non-contact sensors arranged on the sizing cage to provide signals to an automatic controller, which in turn positions the sizing cage a predetermined distance from the extruded tube. Two different modes of operation are provided for the controller when the size of the tube is to be changed: a forecast mode in which relatively large cage movements of the cage are made, and a contact mode in which the cage is maintained either in contact with the extruded tube, or at an operator selected distance from the extruded tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel R. Joseph
  • Publication number: 20110049749
    Abstract: A lighting system is presented that includes a replaceable illumination module removably coupled to a base module. The replaceable illumination module includes one or more solid state lighting elements on a printed circuit board electrically and thermally connected to the base module. The base module may include a heat sink, where the heat sink is in thermal contact with the replaceable illumination module, and dissipates heat generated by the one or more solid state lighting elements during operation of the lighting system. The replaceable illumination module may also include one or more beam conditioning elements for generating a specified beam. The lighting system may be connected to an automated control network and may be automatically controlled thereby, or may be used to control some other system. The heat sink may be generated via a dynamically controllable extrusion die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Joel Brad Bailey, Stephen J. Barcik, William J. Kernion
  • Patent number: 7896636
    Abstract: A support apparatus of an injection-molding machine has a neural network that receives test molding data corresponding to molding conditions and a quality value obtained by measuring a non-defective molded article, and that determines a quality prediction function based on the received test molding data. A computer calculates a predicted value of the quality value using the quality prediction function. An input apparatus inputs into the neural network fixed values for the molding conditions except for a selected at least one of the molding conditions, and inputs a target value of the quality value. A graph generator generates a graphical relationship between the selected at least one molding condition and the predicted value. A graph correction unit corrects the graphical relationship generated by the graph generator on the basis of the target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Nissei Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Shioiri, Yoshitoshi Yamagiwa, Eiki Iwashita
  • Publication number: 20110037189
    Abstract: The method and the device are used for blow-molding containers. A preform made of a thermoplastic material is first subject to a thermal conditioning operation along a transport path in the region of a heating section. Thereafter, the preform is formed into the container inside a blowing mold by applying blowing pressure. While the preform is shaped into the container, at least one parameter (49, 50) characterizing the shaping is measured and evaluated by a control unit. Depending on said evaluation, at least one controlled variable (48, 46) influencing the shaping operation inside a closed loop is varied in order to match the measured parameter to an associated target value. In this way, it becomes possible to subject the container parison developing during the blow-molding operation to a predetermined defined development.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: KHS CORPOPLAST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Balkau, Martin Matthiesen, Frank Haesendonckx
  • Patent number: 7797076
    Abstract: A control unit for a powder material compression molding machine including a powder material compressor which compresses a powder material filled between compressing members in an adjusted filled amount by making the compressing members approach to each other at a predetermined interval, so as to mold a molded product, and a pressure detector which detects a powder material compressing pressure by the powder material compressor. The control unit including a weight determiner which determines that the weight of filled powder material is normal, a thickness determiner which determines that the thickness of the molded product is abnormal in the case where the pressure detected by the pressure detector falls out of a first predetermined range when the weight determiner determines normality, and a compression controller which controls the powder material compressor when the thickness determiner determines abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Kikusui Seisakusho Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatsugu Isozumi, Naoshige Kitamura
  • Patent number: 7774092
    Abstract: The invention concerns a press for the production of pressed moldings of powdery or granulate materials, as well as a process for controlling the press where a correction of the ram stroke of the press is initiated depending on the association of actual dimensions of the molding with certain tolerance ranges to which different valences have been assigned, and where, depending on the valence in question, no correction, an immediate correction, or a delayed correction of the ram stroke is effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Lauffer GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Albert Rundel
  • Patent number: 7763194
    Abstract: The invention concerns the manufacture of containers, in particular bottles, from thermoplastic material blanks, in particular PET, whereby a mold is used including at least one capacitive sensor inserted in its wall defining the molding cavity, the front side of the capacitive sensor being flush with the molding surface of the molding cavity and being configured in the continuity of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Guy Feuilloley
  • Publication number: 20100166902
    Abstract: A dough measuring conveyor (5) for measuring a food dough (1) includes: a measuring unit (13) for measuring a weight of the food dough (1); a conveying unit (17) for conveying the food dough (1); and a dough pressing unit (25A, 25B) for pressing the food dough against the conveying unit (17) from above the conveying unit (17) to prevent the food dough from being lifted up. The dough pressing unit (25A, 25B) is integrally provided to a frame of the measuring conveyor (5). A dough measuring and cutting apparatus includes: a transferring conveyor (3) for conveying the food dough onto the dough measuring conveyor (5); a cutting device (9) for cutting the food dough; and a measurement-checking conveyor (19) for performing measurement check of a cut piece (1A) cut off from the food dough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: RHEON AUTOMATIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji KURIBAYASHI, Katsumichi HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20100117267
    Abstract: A pelletizing system and a method for pelletizing a polymer are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of compressing a quantity of polymer flake of a predetermined size to produce a pellet and heating at least one of the polymer flake and the pellet to remove contaminants therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Henry A. Schworm, Dennis C. Balduff
  • Publication number: 20100090359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of pressing pressing-material mats during the production of wood-material panels in a continuous press, wherein the continuous press has upper and lower heating plates, upper and lower entry plates, which project on the entry side and form an entry mouth, and, in the upper and lower parts of the press, endlessly circulating steel pressing belts which, with the interposition of rolling bars, are supported on the entry plates and the heating plates, wherein the height h0 of the entry gap and, possibly, the entry contour of the entry mouth are set, and wherein a pressing-material mat, which is produced, and possibly pretreated, in a spreading station arranged upstream of the press, is introduced into the continuous press and pressed therein. This method is characterized in that the entry-gap height is checked, set and/or regulated in dependence on the density and/or the weight per unit area of the pressing-material mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Klaus Schuermann, Lothar Sebastian
  • Publication number: 20090243133
    Abstract: A film handling apparatus including an orienter for deforming a polymeric film, a cross-web heat distribution system configured to provide a selectable distribution of heat to the film in the orienter, a measurement device configured to measure at least a portion of a cross-web caliper of the film, and an automated controller that controls the cross-web heat distribution system to adjust heat distribution in response to the measured cross-web caliper of the film. The film handling apparatus can provide for at least partial automatic control of the caliper of a film while the film is being manufactured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Chiu P. Wong, Justin W. Wilhelm, Donovan C. Karg, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090238928
    Abstract: In a method of controlling a process in which the particle size of a material is reduced by passing the material through a nip between rollers at least one operational figure, such as the motor current, of at least one motor associated with at least one roller is continuously measured and the nip is adjusted by controlling the operational figure so as to match a target operational figure. A machine for reducing the particle size of a material by passing the material through a nip between rollers has a device for measuring at least one operational figure, such as the motor current, of at least one motor associated with at least one roller and a device for adjusting the nip on the basis of the measured operational figure matching a target operational figure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Bernauer, Wolfgang Stankmann, Jurgen Sill, Olaf Balzer, Oliver Mecklenburg, Jorg Merten, Bruno Derijck